Monday, 15 October 2012

Submitted... again

It's a never ending battle, the submission process. After writing another draft in record time, I submitted to another publisher whose deadline was the 14th of October.
I enjoyed the process this time and liked having a deadline to work towards. I felt a bit sad when I sent it off, I guess when you do that its no longer in your control. I hope I've done enough, and I will daydream about that e-mail that I might get from the publisher. But I know its a tough industry to crack and I'm not sure if my writing is strong enough yet.

Oh well I'm off to bed to read "A Feast for Crows" by George R. R. Martin.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

5th Draft

If you can call it that. I know it's been many more then 5 but it's easier to put a number on it and keep some sort of track of the whole manuscript. I'm at 201 pages of 230 in another edit, so not long to go now and I've got until the 14th to finish and submit (self imposed deadline for a new publisher). I do have to write a synopsis, cover letter etc as well that obviously needs some time spent on it, perhaps I'll devote tomorrow night to that :)

I did want to tell you all about 1 book I've just finished reading. "First Contact" by Michael R Hicks. I'm not a big Science Fiction reader, but I loved this book. I read it on my iPhone which was a little hard because the book is so long but here is the good news, Michael has it free as an e-book on his website at the moment here is the link First Contact. So why did l love this book? There are some great characters and some fantastic imagination and lots of adventure. It is long and it is Science Fiction, the closest comparison I can come up with is "Star Wars".

Happy reading, or writing.

Monday, 24 September 2012

70 pages in...

I thought doing another draft would be hard work, but here I am 72 pages in (from 222) and I have till the 14th of October to do it. I think I will get it done, I know I will get it done and then I'll have a better quality piece of work then I have now.
On other notes I am reading a "A Feast for Crows" the forth novel in George R. R. Martins fantasy series. I read the previous three and enjoyed them, but they are a bit hard to get into as each chapter switches to different characters point of views and usually in different places. So you just get used to one character and then you have to get used to another one. I find I will only read a chapter at a time because of this. But it does transfer well to the TV series. I really enjoyed season 1 and 2 and am looking forward to season 3. I think I like the TV series better than the books.
I have a pile of books on my bedside table about 10 deep and another 10-15 downloaded onto my iPhone, so I have a lot of reading to do, but at the moment I'm writing so it means I won't get to read as much.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


I've just become aware of another avenue for publishing my novel. So I have decided to do another draft and I have 3 weeks to do it and submit to this new publisher. I haven't heard from the old one and they said you would hear in 4 months if they want to publish your work, it's almost 4 months. But I've realized that doing a draft when you work full time (35hrs) and have a young child at home in 3 weeks might be a bit of a stretch. I also had planned on doing my tax over these next few weeks and going away for a few days. I guess it's going to be me taking the laptop everywhere I go. At least I'm writing my blog again :)
I have been reading some good books and I plan on talking about them next time...

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


I have been slack. There are no excuses. I haven't been writing and therefor have let this blog slip. There is no news on the book. As it is my first finished manuscript I am assuming that it won't get accepted and probably never published. But in saying that having it out there lets me dream about it being published and if this particular publisher doesn't take it on then I'll send it somewhere else so I can still live the dream.
On another note I'm thinking of starting a parenting blog. I'll keep you updated :)

Thursday, 28 June 2012


I've done it—submitted my novel. Now I know most authors do not get their first novel published, so I am trying not to get too excited. But I feel free, like I've put all this time and effort into this novel, and now it's done, out of my hands.

I am going to have to start on another writing project but which one? I have an idea about an historical novel based on my family history, that I want to start. I have started another YA story based on a dream I had about an invasion in Beechworth. I've also started a dark urban fantasy novella. And I have two more books to write after this novel I've just finished—I plan on it being a trilogy.

I've just finished reading 'Darkness unbound' and 'Darkness rising' by Keri Arthur a Melbourne writer and I just love reading about all the dark creatures that live in Melbourne. In the last one I finished, they were at the Werribee Mansion, I live near Werribee Mansion and I've been there. I wonder if Keri went and had a coffee and tour one day to get that scene right.

My next book is '50 shades of grey' and it arrived today so I will let you all know how that goes.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Less than a week

The 30th of June is the deadline. I think I'll make it. Right now my brain is overrun with than/then hay/hey weather/whether peaked/peeked. The list goes on. I think I know the right word to use, but when I type my fingers don't always type the word I want them too.
Anyway there are a few other things I've been doing, entering short story competitions that sort of thing. And reading, my favorite pastime. Anyway I am procrastinating, I need to get back to writing my pitch letter and my synopsis, eek.